This one is pretty dark, but the price was good so I gave it a chance. It was pretty difficult to photograph through the slab, especially the reverse because it is inset so much that the slab itself created a shadow. I have seen that there are Large 96 and Slanted 96 varieties of this and to be honest, it looks kind of like both! What do you think?
Also, what are your thoughts on keeping it in this ICG slab? I plan on getting raw coins as much as possible to avoid the "slab markup" unless I just find a good deal.
Gorgeous - nice toning, rims are outstanding and there's plenty of detail in the obverse. I would agree that the obverse ie EF but not sure about the reverse - maybe more like VF-30? Hardly matters - it's such a problem-free beauty....nicely done. I have limited experience with Canadian silver (focused on Newfoundland). Is it hard to find coins like this?
I'm agnostic on graded/ungraded. Personally, I find the slabs to be a bit of a pain in the neck - 2x2 cardboard of those little envelopes are preferable in my view. Though I can see the wisdom of slabbing a rare thing like this from a conservation point of view.
I would remove it from an ICG slab ... they are noted for inaccurate grading, The old "rule of thumb" for them was to subtract 10 to 20 points from whatever was there. I agree that the Rev is much worse than the Obv.
Thanks for the comments & suggestions! I didn't set out to get any slabbed coins; this one just happened to be a low enough price to take a chance on it. I am not personally fond of this slab style for such a small coin (you can't even really see the reverse rim) and I also do not trust the grading accuracy. So far, I have purchased seven coins for the type set and this is the only slabbed one so I may crack it out if that continues to be the case. My original intention was 2x2s in a binder.
Quote: Is it hard to find coins like this?
I am definitely not qualified to answer that question as I have only been searching for Canadian coins for a few weeks.